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[Kmovie Spotlight] Review of ‘Miracle in Cell No.7’

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Title: Miracle in Cell No.7 (7번방의 선물)
Release Date: January 23rd, 2013
Genre: Comedy/ Drama
Director: Lee Hwan Kyung
Stars: Ryu Seung Ryong, Park Shin Hye, Kal So Won

A mentally handicapped father gets imprisoned for a crime he did not commit and gets assigned to cell no.7. His seven year-old daughter, Ye Sung, sneaks in to prison and kicks off a hilarious adventure that touches the themes of family, friendship, innocence, and justice.

The Director, Lee Hwan Kyung, skillfully blends the funny moments with touching scenes. You will find yourself in laughter because of the comedic illustration of the prison exscape. But you will also be in tears from the emotional triggers from the loving relationship between the mentally impaired father and his cute, angelic daughter.

You cannot help but fall in love with such a likable cast as the father collaborates and builds friendships with his fellow inmates to smuggle Ye Sung into the cell. The movie depicts the communal aspects of prison life and humanizes criminals (who are often ostracized in the media). The audience is encouraged to think critically about the corruption of the criminal justice system as well as the exploitation of mentally challenged individuals.

All in all, Miracle in Cell No.7 is a heartfelt comedy that brings warmth and genuine laughter to the audience. It is no wonder why the movie topped 10 million admissions in South Korea.

By Hajin Lily Yi